Martin’s absence further accents Tech’s reliance on young players on the defensive line. With defensive end Antwan Owens out for the season with an unspecified injury, defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker played five redshirt freshmen (T.K. Chimedza, Justice Dingle, Jordan Domineck, Ja’Quon Griffin and Curtis Ryans, who is a walk-on) and two freshmen (Mike Lockhart and Sylvain Yondjouen) on the defensive line against Virginia, along with junior walk-on Djimon Brooks. There were only three linemen who played against Virginia who are not freshmen or walk-ons (Kelton Dawson, Brentavious Glanton and Jaquan Henderson).
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